Ok, this writer is just going to admit it: in addition to goofy USB items and off-kilter (or useful) iPod docks, she has developed an obsession with anything recently retro, waxing nostalgic about doo-dads that remind her of the 70s or 80s. Case in point: Rockza’s Space Invaders Bag, made of PVC (translation: faux leather), and decorated with rows of the scurrying aliens. Oddly missing are the four protective “shelter blocks” and cannon, but we’ll let it go. Unfortunately, the bag is only available in Korea for 42,000 Korean Won ($45 USD). But let’s hope the trend comes stateside, as we think a Centipede version would look really cool, in a geeky sort of way.
Whether you grew up on the now-campy “Wonder Woman” TV series, read the DC comic or just a fan of Diana Prince’s all that-ness, we’ve got something for you. Yes, it’s the Wonder Woman bracelet! While the cuff won’t deflect bullets like Wonder Woman’s did (we assume), it’s a cool-as-hell accessory, bound to elicit smiles and conversations. The bracelet is 6"long, and fully adjustable. Not surprisingly, the cuff is currently on backorder, at $25 USD. Invisible plane not included.
Rolex recently unveiled its latest entry into the politically correct timekeeping world during the recent BaselWorld 2007 in Switzerland. The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II Regatta Chronograph features a mechanical memory with a programmable countdown with its ring command bazel, ensuring that you don’t miss the next big event. The posh timepiece is easily adaptable to changing conditions, allowing you to reset with a start/stop pusher and runs on a 4160 caliber movement with 360 componets. The Yachtmaster II is available in both yellow and white gold to match your admiral coat’s buttons.
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Tokyoflash has told Gear Live that they have two new black and blue Limited Edition watches that still take a bit of deciphering to read. The LEDs feature time, date, and day of the week and have auto-light activation possible every fifteen minutes between 6 p.m. and midnight to remind you that it is way past your bedtime. The timepieces have a stainless steel band and run on two lithium batteries. Getting your own piece of the “Dark Side” will cost you 21,900 ($180.62) and ¥15,900 ($131.13) respectively.
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Similar to the gold cassette belt buckle, we bring you retro attire that is guaranteed to elicit wistful, nostalgic smiles from passersby. This time it’s the Pac-Man Belt, adjustable up to 42”, made of black canvas and trimmed in blue, with Inky, Pinky, Blinky and the oddly-named Clyde running all around the belt. But we’re wondering if all that even matters to hardcore fans of the game. Just looking at it makes us long for the 80’s, when it was all about putting quarters on the arcade machine to guarantee “we have next”. But the belt —and the game—is likely to find a whole new audience, thanks to the new Xbox 360 version, with new mazes to conquer - Pac-Man Championship Edition. Available for almost $20 USD.
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So we’ve already told you about iPod My Baby, cute tees and onesies that make your infant resemble a cute, giant iPod. Awww. Now comes Goo Goo, the aptly-named onesie for Google/internet/tech fanatics who love the world’s most ubiquitous search engine. Very cute (we especially love the “I’m Feeling Silly” button), we just hope your bundle of joy isn’t labeled a “geek” by the ruffian infants at Mommy and Me class.
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If you’re a regular Gear Live reader, you may remember our articles on iPod-ready clothing from Tunebuckle and iWear. Now, popular British retailer Marks and Spencer is planning to introduce a wool and Lycra-blend suit with a lapel that has buttons to control your iPod, which is concealed within the suit. The tricky part is that to see what’s playing or to change playlists, you’ll have to manually disconnect the iPod. The James Bond-esque, black pinstripe suit will sell for approximately $178 USD. Want the matching pants? They’ll run you an additional $117 USD.
If you can find a more aptly-named item than the “Show Off T-Shirt” we’d love to see it. This tee actually has a graphic equalizer panel that is sensitive to sound, so that the red, yellow and green lights actually move to the beat of music playing nearby. Luckily, the shirt’s small, detachable battery pack has an on/off switch, in case you suddenly decide normalcy isn’t so bad after all. Requires 4 AAA batteries, which are not included. For better or worse, instant (if fleeting) fame can be costly, as the $92 USD price for this tee can attest to.
So we recently suggested some fascinating but very expensive Mother’s Day gifts, such as this Windows-Powered Sewing Machine. Here’s another cool gift idea for you non-Trumps: it’s the Women’s Digital Photo Wallet, which includes a removable photo viewer, able to store up to 55 color shots! You just transfer the photos via USB, and the battery is rechargeable. The 1.4 inch display is a tad small, but hey, it’s for a wallet, and it guarantees Mom will have the coolest gift to show off to her posse the next day. That alone is worth the $50 USD, isn’t it?
We love our flash drive to death, and are still figuring out how we lived without it for so long. The only problem is that it’s so small we keep misplacing it! If you’re in the same boat, here’s an interesting solution: a 512MB USB flash drive—that snaps onto your wrist! Talk about portability. In addition, this wristband has a password function, data can be written and erased over 1 million times(!) and you can store information on it for over 10 years. The downside? The drive is USB 1.1, not 2.0, so expect slightly slower transfer times than you might be accustomed to. Works with both PCs and Macs. Available for $14 USD.
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